Nacho Cheese Dorito Chicken Fingers

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Nacho Cheese Chicken Fingers

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: easy
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“Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” 

Harriet Van Horne

I  came across this recipe while searching for something different to make for my grandson since the adults where having something spicy and I have to say the concept is really quite intriguing. I mean seriously, who would think of crusting chicken tenders with Nacho Cheese Doritos™? Certainly not me but it works and was a great success.

Here’s how we do this one.

Shopping list:

  • 8 to 10 Chicken Tenders
  • 2 cups ground Nacho Cheese Doritos
  • 4 Eggs
  • 3/4 cup AP Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt and Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Granulated Garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Granulated Onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Parsley Flakes

Putting it all together:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°
  2. Set up your dredging station by seasoning the flour with the salt, pepper, garlic, onion and parsley and place in one container. Whisk the eggs in a second container and place the ground Doritos in a third.
  3. Working in batches, two or three at a time, dredge the chicken in the flour, the egg wash and finally the Doritos and place aside. Repeat with the remaining tenders.
  4. Place the tenders on a baking sheet and put in the oven until they are golden brown (about 18 mins.) or they reach 160° internal temperature.
  5. Plate and enjoy.

There you have it another “simple but tasty recipe for the grilling season and beyond.”

Until next time……….

                         Bon Appetit

 

Black and Blue Burger

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It’s been quite a while since I posted anything here and for that I am sorry because I did truly enjoy posting my recipes and reading your comments but sometimes life simply gets in the way .

In an effort to get back to Blogging and posting my recipes I thought I would start out with something very “simple but tasty” and one meant for the grill since that particular season is once again, almost, upon us.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Two pounds ground beef
  • Two eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4  cup blackening spice —– recipe follows
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 4 teaspoons blue cheese crumble
  • 2 teaspoons garlic

BLACKENING SPICE:

  • 1 heaping tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 heaping teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 heaping teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

 

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER:

  • In a large, non reactive, bowl place the ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs and blackening spice and mix well being careful not to over mix as this will tend to break down the fat content of the meat.
  • Let sit in the refrigerator for approximately 30 minutes as this will allow the mixture to firm up
  • While the meat mix is firming up add the mayo, sour cream, blue cheese and garlic to another bowl and mix until well incorporated.
  • Refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes
  • Form 4 ounce patties (or larger if you wish) and grill until the burgers reach 165 degrees internal
  • Coat the bottom of the burger bun with the Blue Cheese mix add the burger and a slice of tomato and red onion.
  • A dollop of mustard on the top finishes the burger quite nicely.

There you have it……… “a simple but tasty recipe for the grilling season and beyond”

OH……. and be forewarned. This burger is at least a three napkin burger.

Until next time………….    BON APPETITE

 

Grilled Pork Butt chops

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My dad worked for a company, for 42 years, that had a close affiliation with slaughter houses and more in particular with Hog Farmers so it’s no wonder I am completely gonzo for PORK. I love pork in its many splendored ways such as Pork Chops, Pork sausage, Pork tenderloin, Bacon and of course Pork Butt.

One of the cuts of pork I have recently embraced with a passion is Pork Butt Chops and one of the reasons I have jumped on this particular cut from the humble porcine creature (that’s a pig y’all) is because I get the great flavor that the butt provides without having to cook a huge amount of it all at once oh and, the store I get mine from sells two to a package for about $8.00 and the chops more resemble the side of a cow instead of pork chops. THEY ARE MASSIVE.

I have two different ways that I do these chops. The first is to hit them with a simple dry rub and then grill them. The other and this is only if I have time, is to marinate them for about an hour before grilling.

Here’s my Marinade method:

Ingredients:

      –    Two large Pork Butt chops

     –     Three minced garlic cloves

    –      1 Teaspoon salt

     –     1 ½ Teaspoons ground pepper

     –     1 ½ Teaspoons granulated onion

      –    ¼ cup Chopped Cilantro

      –    3 Tablespoons Olive oil

 

Method:

     –    Place the chops in a zip lock bag or any other type of sealable container

    –     In a separate mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix until a paste has formed

    –     Add the paste to the bag or container and mix well until the chops are evenly coated

     –    Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour

     –   Grill for approximately 20 minutes, turning over at the half way mark (about  10 minutes) or until the internal temperature hits 160 degrees

Serve this with whatever side you wish, I’d suggest some grilled corn on the cob (see sides) and roast potatoes.

So there you have it —– another “tasty but simple dish for the grilling season and beyond”.

Until next time

               Bon Appetit